School Supplies Gift Cards

In cooperation with the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, St. John’s UCC will help distribute Visa gift cards to parents of students in the Bluffton school system.  The gift cards will be loaded with the correct amount of money for school supplies needed for students in elementary and middle school.

Parents and/or legal guardians will be invited to come to Oppermann Hall on the first or second Saturday of August where the distribution of the gift cards will take place.  Details regarding the exact date and time for distribution will be forthcoming in the next weeks.

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Wheat and Weeds Together (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)

Jesus taught an agricultural and fishing people who were close to the source of the food they shared and consumed.  Most people are many steps separated from the production of the food we eat each day.  But, even if we have less understanding of agriculture than our ancestors did, we still understand that Jesus’ command to feed one another refers to physical as well as spiritual feeding.

Whether or not they know where or how their food is grown, many United Church of Christ congregations affirm that food once produced is meant to be shared.  Food pantries and meals offered by UCC congregations live out the most basic form of care for one another–give of food.

Windsor Severance Food Pantry at Faith UCC in Colorado gives away the canned goods familiar to many food pantries.  But they also offer an evening of fellowship and eating together each Wednesday evening.  The pantry truly offers “a place at the table” for anyone in the neighborhood looking for a hot meal.  You can find out more about their work at:  https://www.faithunitedchurchofchrist.com/a-place-at-the-table.

The food pantry in Kirtland, Ohio’s Old South United Church of Christ has seen so much need in recent years that they have expanded into three times their former space.  Now Kirtland’s pantry has moved to a more modern model of providing food.  Clients to the pantry now shop the shelves, as if they are in a grocery store.  You can read more at:  https://www.news-herald.com/news/ohio/kirtland-s-old-south-united-church-of-christ-reopens-food/article 10bbff05-6707-52e0-af30-f795736acf98.html.

In Connecticut, the food pantry in Norfolk United Church of Christ pantry recently expanded not space, but hours, making their food pantry more accessible to those in need in their town.  More there:  http://norfolkctucc.org/ucc/norfolk-food-pantry/.

Wherever you are located, give some thought to your local congregation. How do you follow Christ’s lead in feeding people in body as well as spirit?  Prayerfully consider if there is some way that you could expand your feeding programs.

 

 

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St. John’s Closed Through the Most of August

Due to the coronavirus, services, as well as all church activities, are cancelled through most of August.  The exact date for re-opening has not been determined at this time.

Please contact the church office at 419-358-5641 if you have concerns.  Please leave a message if no one is available, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Thank you!

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

To comply with Ohio’s COVID-19 request to shelter in place, there will be no worship services at St. John’s UCC through the month of July.

Stay safe and well.

 

 

 

 

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday,  March 24, 2020,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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Facebook Page

You are missing out on a super way to advertise our church if you are not sharing with many of your other Facebook friends St. John’s Facebook page.  There are many interesting articles posted every day.  “Friend” all of your friends and ask them to “Like” the St. John’s page–let’s let people know we are here, alive, and moving forward!

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This website can now be found at www.blufftonstjohns.com!

In an effort to make this site easier for you to access, it can now be found at www.blufftonstjohns.com!  You can still find this page using the old web address, but now it will be easier to tell family and friends where they can find up-to-date news about St. John’s UCC in Bluffton, Ohio.

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